SEPTAGON To Release ‘Apocalyptic Rhymes’ In November

SEPTAGON (who are rounded out by vocalist Markus Becker, bassist Alexander Palma and drummer Jürgen “General” Schrank) are arguably neither a true thrash nor power metal band, rather, a seamless blend of the two, whereupon punchy, but anthemic songs are born. With the powerful throat of Becker (also of ATLANTEAN KODEX) out front, SEPTAGON presents a fresh take on two of metal’s most familiar genres. According to Ullrich, SEPTAGON thrives off of this balance.

 

German power-thrash hybrid SEPTAGON will release their sophomore album, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” on November 9 via Cruz Del Sur Music. The follow-up to 2016’s “Deadhead Syndicate” was recorded across a variety of studios with the band opting to produce the album themselves.

Songwriting for “Apocalyptic Rhymes” began shortly after SEPTAGON started playing shows in support of “Deadhead Syndicate”. The result, as guitarist Markus “Ulle” Ullrich (also of LANFEAR and THEM) tells it, is a more focused and catchier album: “When the music for the debut was written, there was no band at all. This time, it was more of a collective work. Except for one track, I wrote all the music for the last album while our second guitarist Stef [Binnig-Gollub] now also brought in some ideas and songs. The production for the album took a bit longer than we expected, otherwise we would have released it sooner. But, we are very pleased with the results.”

SEPTAGON (who are rounded out by vocalist Markus Becker, bassist Alexander Palma and drummer Jürgen “General” Schrank) are arguably neither a true thrash nor power metal band, rather, a seamless blend of the two, whereupon punchy, but anthemic songs are born. With the powerful throat of Becker (also of ATLANTEAN KODEX) out front, SEPTAGON presents a fresh take on two of metal’s most familiar genres. According to Ullrich, SEPTAGON thrives off of this balance.
“When SEPTAGON started, I really wanted to keep it old-school with a nice mixture of speed and thrash and some U.S. vibes in the riffing,” he says. “Markus is a singer with a very melodic voice and I always thought that this is a nice combination. Some songs musically are pure thrash, but since we listen to all kinds of music, it happens from time to time that we come up with some ideas that lead us into a different direction. On the one hand we want to keep our roots, but there’s always room for some experiments.”

Conceptually, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” presents a wide variety of topics, including literature (John Knittel’s “Via Mala” on lead single “Home, Sweet Hell”) while venturing into social commentary on “Make A Stand”, “Cosmic Outrage” and “The Weight Of The World”. However, given the current perilous nature of politics on an international scale, “P.O.T.U.S.A” is sure to raise some eyebrows.

Comments Ullrich: “It’s obvious what ‘P.O.T.U.S.A.’ is about and simply because Markus lived in the U.S. for more than five years, it was something he just had to do. Some people will agree, some will probably say ‘Shut your mouth and mind your own business, you fuckin’ Germans.’ I don’t really care since it more and more became also ‘our’ business.”

Armed with a fresh batch of vertical, melodic and biting melodic metal, Ullrich and SEPTAGON are gearing up for another round of shows with an eye toward the future. “We’re going to take this step-by-step,” he concludes. “We want to play more shows, sell some albums and honestly, I can’t wait to write more songs for album number three.”

“Apocalyptic Rhymes” track listing:

The End
The Weight Of The World
Home, Sweet Hell
Apocalyptic Rhymes
Make A Stand
The Unfathomable Evil
P.O.T.U.S.A.
Cosmic Outrage
Nothingness Awaits
Sunset Blood

 

SACRED STEEL presents “LET THERE BE STEEL” video

Three more weeks and the new, anticipated SACRED STEEL album “Heavy Metal Sacrifice” will finally see the light. Today Cruz Del Sur Music and the band present a second track out of it, “Let There Be Steel”, a manifesto of Sacred Steel’s music and philosophy.

“Heavy Metal Sacrifice” celebrates Sacred Steel’s 20th year of activity and promises to be one of their heaviest album ever. Will be released through Cruz Del Sur Music on digipak, LP (Black and Limited Gold) and digital on October 14, 2016. Both the digipak and the LP feature embossed band’s logo and album title.

The band will held a release party on October 15 in their home-town Ludwigsburg with Tankard, Stallion, Tragedy Divine and label mates Septagon.

 

 HARDER THAN STEEL FESTIVAL

On a related news, the band will perform this Saturday at Harder Than Steel Festival in Dittingheim (DE) in replacement of Lethal Steel. The band will hit the stage at 17,30 right before their label mates Dark Forest.

The bill includes Seven Sisters, Frenzy, Steel Lover, Tokyo Blade and Ross The Boss.

More info at: https://www.facebook.com/harderthansteelfest

SACRED STEEL reveals artwork and tracklist for upcoming “Heavy Metal Sacrifice” album!

Sacred Steel - Heavy Metal Sacrifice - cover web

Celebrating their 20-year career, SACRED STEEL has revealed the cover artwork for “Heavy Metal Sacrifice”, the new album due out on October 14, 2016.

This sensational art was provided by Polish artist Lukasz Jaszak (www.lukaszjaszak.net/) who has worked in the past with acts such as Blood Red Throne, Decapitated, Dornenreich, The Vision Bleak among others.

“Heavy Metal Sacrifice” will be released on Compact Disc (digipack edition), LP (featuring Sacred Steel’s embossed logo) and digital.

The band also announced album’s tracklist:

Intro (Glory Ride)
Heavy Metal Sacrifice
The Sign of the Skull
Hail The Godz of War
Vulture Priest
Children Of The Sky
Let There Be Steel
Chaos Unleashed
The Dead Walk The Earth
Beyond The Gates
Of Nineveh
Iron Donkey

 

The release of “Heavy Metal Sacrifice” will be backed by a series of live events celebrating one of the most long-lasting European Heavy Metal bands.

– 15.10.2016 – 20 years of Sacred Steel Festival & Record Releaseparty of HEAVY METAL SACRIFICE ,with TANKARD, STALLION, TRAGEDY DIVINE (Reunion Gig), SEPTAGON

Ludwigsburg (GER) – Scala

21.10.2016 – Vienna (A) ,Escape

22.10.2016 – Phantoms Of Pilsen,Pilsen (CZ)

12.11.2016 – Burn This Town Festival ,with ROSAE CRUCIS, HAMMER KING, BATTLE RAM, GRAAL

Rome (IT) – Traffic Club

13.01.2017 – Hamburg (GER) , Bambi Galore

more shows and first audio premiere will be announced soon!